'History for generation and generation'

'History for generation and generation'
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Director Ian Dunlop points out that every Djungguwan ceremony is unique.

He refers to the accelerating impact of outside forces that came with bauxite mining and the new mining town of Nhulunbuy. This made it more and more difficult for the Yolngu to instruct their young people in traditional ways.

Marrakulu Elder Dundiwuy Wanambi speaks about films' role as 'history for generation and generation'.

This clip includes excerpts from the five-part Film Australia documentary The Djungguwan of Gurka'wuy filmed in 1976, about the Djungguwan ceremony.

This ceremony was held on Marrakulu land (Gurka'wuy, on Trial Bay) and was primarily initiated and organised by Dundiwuy and Mithili Wanambi, senior Marrakulu clansmen.

The Marrakulu/Rirratjingu clan event shows the relationship between the Yolngu and their art, song, dance and land.

Djungguwan at Gurka'wuy is not just a film of a ceremony but much more: it tells us what the land means to Dundiwuy, and it shows the connection between people, clans, song, dance, art and land.

This is an excerpt from the 2006 Film Australia National Interest Program DVD, Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, produced in association with Denise Haslem Productions. It was made in collaboration with Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.